The North Dakota Association of Community Providers honored Easter Seals Goodwill, ND Inc. Direct Support Professional Anna Pederson with the DSP of the Year award at the annual NDACP conference Wednesday afternoon.
These days I’m in love with all things light, bright and airy. Maybe it’s this spring/summer season, maybe it’s the latest décor and fashion trends, but I’ve noticed that I feel the most inspired and motivated when my surroundings and apparel feel clean and luminous. Let me show you what I mean…
Shedding a little light on the subject, I’ll start with this lantern that Salvage Sister and Misterrevamped for their pantry makeover. Have you ever thought about how important lighting is to set a mood? No matter what you’re trying to achieve in your home (or workplace!), there’s a certain type and degree of lighting that will best compliment your needs. A dining space, for example, does well when it’s aglow with candles, but a workspace is best when it’s bathed in brilliant light. As it turns out, a thrifted lantern is just perfect for the pantry! Don’t take my word for it, though – you’ll definitely want to check out the full post because there are some other great tips waiting for you there (like how to get that gooey price sticker gunk off of your new favorite finds)!
When it comes to fashion, I tend to keep my attire pretty neutral. However, I’m always drawn to sunny bright pieces like this jacket purchased by Rockie at a Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey (Astoria) store. Pairing a beaming statement jacket (or cardigan) from Goodwill with shorts and wedge booties is a flawless way to create a brilliant and breezy look for less. This aura is exactly what I aim for in my home, too, which is why I was lured into the following image!
Keeping a space airy like in the pictures above makes it appear effortlessly chic (even if you’ve spent an entire weekend sanding, priming, and painting your thrift finds). I discovered this image on Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region (Tacoma)’s “Finding Goodwill Treasures” Pinboard, and loved the look as well as the ten tips. One simple piece of advice given by this avid thrifter was that investing your time and a little paint can make a huge difference in the look of an object. After studying her images, I realized that she very often chooses white paint, which creates this perfectly polished atmosphere and keeps things just as I like them – light, bright, and airy!
Ready for my new thrifting mantra? “When in doubt, paint it white or add some light.” I’ll be repeating this over and over as I poke through my local Goodwill this weekend looking for buried treasures. I love shopping at Goodwill because I get to revive old home décor and clothing, plus I’m giving back to my community since Goodwill creates 25 jobs per brick and mortar store and generates essential revenue for mission services. I hope to see you browsing the racks!
On hot summer days, festival style prevails! That’s because the trend itself was inspired by long days in the sun that necessitated light layers and wide brimmed hats to keep shady and comfortable. Whether you’re actually attending an outdoor concert series this year or just trying to stay cool while looking cool, hop on the boho bandwagon to seamlessly blend summer attire in with summer adventures. Here’s how…
High waists, light denim, and sunnies are all staples in festival style, but how exactly can we incorporate them into our wardrobe without seeming drab or outdated? This festival guide from blogger Maranda Vandergriff is a fantastic place to start! She’s got some great ideas – like wearing this button up dress she found at Goodwill as a duster – and seriously practical advice. One of the best suggestions she has is to search for vintage items in thrift stores. These unique pieces will completely embrace the style and may have actually attended a festival or two before you were even around (Woodstock, anyone?). Check out her post for more inspo!
Make sure you’ve also got some great accessories ready to round out your look. As with so many different styles, jewelry can make or break it. To channel the haute hippie inside of you, drape on lots of jewelry – necklaces, rings, bracelets, the works! Look for stone and crystal jewelry under the counter of your local Goodwill store or check out Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties‘ (CA) jewelry pinboard for inspiration. This ring, for example, would be the perfect addition and I love its great price tag, too!
After festival season has come to a close and fall creeps in, reminders of your summertime adventures will be a welcomed sight. Since festival fashion always embraces bold patterns inspired by cultures around the world, an excellent way to bring this aesthetic into your home is with a geometric woven tapestry. This one was snagged by Jen at a Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries (Boston) store and it perfectly captures that boho vibe we are paying homage to today. If you’re not lucky enough to find a similar weaving in your local thrift store, maybe you are brave enough to try making one yourself! There are always skeins and skeins of yarn on the shelves when I browse Goodwill and with a little time and creativity, those could easily become customized wall hangings!
I love how so many of the style elements described here can be paired with more conventional clothing pieces to remain a little more neutral, but when donned together, they create an outlandishly fun boho look. Another truly wonderful thing about shopping at Goodwill for your warm weather attire is that through its entrepreneurial business model of collecting and selling donated goods, Goodwill helps communities extend the life of usable items in environmentally sound ways, and prevents items from piling up in local landfills. Think of shopping at your local Goodwill as a way for you to give back to the earth that has provided the ideal summer weather for your festival enjoyment!
Even though everyone is happy that Spring is finally here, there is another reason to get excited! On May 1, we will be celebrating Halfoween! What’s that you ask?! It’s halfway to Halloween-- six months after last year’s Halloween and six months before this year’s. To help you get in the holiday spirit and celebrate the warmer weather, here are a few of our favorite ideas from Mr. and Mrs. Halloween.
1. Crank Those Halloween Tunes
When you are out doing yardwork or doing a little spring cleaning around the house, Halfoween is the perfect time to dig up those records or click on that seasonal playlist. Nothing gets you in the spirit quite like rocking out to the “Monster Mash” or “Werewolves of London”.
For a 170 song Halloween playlist you can enjoy anytime of year, follow Mr. and Mrs. Halloween’s Ultimate Halloween playlist on Spotify.
2. Have a Scary Movie Marathon
Halfoween is the perfect opportunity to set aside a block to time to catch up on the latest genre offerings or marathon some of your favorite frightening classics.
For some horror film recommendations, read a few of the articles below:
- “5 Reasons To Watch ‘Hush'”
- “The Good, The Bad, & The Scary: ‘The Visit'”
- “5 Reasons To See ‘Last Shift'”
- “5 Reasons To Watch ‘The Mist'”
- “5 Reasons To See ‘The Witch'”
For even more grisly entertainment recommendations, check out our movie page.
3. Visit a Haunted Landmark or Catch a Paranormal Tour
With warmer on the way, what better time to take a weekend trip to a supposedly haunted site, and see what paranormal energies you can discover?. Most cities have historic tours of old, creepy buildings, and many tour guides are more than happy to share the unsettling experiences they’ve had over the years.
4. Get Your Garden in Gear
Speaking of yardwork, if you want to have full, ripe Jack O’ Lanterns by October, now is the best time to start prepping your pumpkin patch. Pick a sunny spot in your yard, take a trip to your local nursery for some seeds, and bust out the gardening tools. The best time to plant the low humidity and warm weather-loving pumpkin seed is in late May or early June. If you want to grow something really special though, get a head start now by beginning your pumpkin planting indoors.
While Halloween 2018 is still months away, Halfoween is here! Now is the time to capture the spirit, celebrate the spookiness and start planning for the main event later this year!
Happy spring! April showers might bring May flowers…but, in my world, rainy days also bring some fantastic Goodwill finds. When it’s pouring outside, one thing that always cheers me up is grabbing a cup of coffee, meeting a friend, then seeing what sunshine we can find inside my favorite thrift store. Here’s a look at my latest spring-inspired haul along with some thrift shopping tips that will keep you from leaving the store disappointed.
Tip #1: Shop during or after a storm (as long as it’s safe to go out)! When the weather is rough, but stores are still open, staff is able to work swiftly to sort through donations and get them on the floor because they have fewer customers to assist. And because all the other shoppers are hunkering down at home, you get the pick of the litter as soon as new items hit the shelves! During my thrift haul today I found this classic umbrella that just had to come home with me. Its wooden handle makes it feel a little more special than a regular plastic one. Your local Goodwill might have some unique raingear, too!
Tip #2: If you love something, buy it! Don’t talk yourself out of it just because you didn’t go shopping with that specific item in mind. Most seasoned thrift shoppers have a story or two about stumbling upon their favorite find at an unexpected time. That’s why I didn’t even hesitate when I saw this blazer. It’s not what I came in for, but blazers are so expensive brand-new that when I saw this one, I instantly tried it on. It’s perfect for my 9-5 job and it’s a fun layer to go over summer dresses so they can work for spring! I couldn’t even wait to get to the dressing room to make sure it fit.
Tip #3: When in doubt, put it in your cart. You can always put it back on the shelf if you change your mind before you leave the store. I was on the fence about these running pants at first, but I put them in my cart while I poked around the rest of the store anyway. Sometimes when I do this, I reassess at the end of the trip and feel comfortable leaving the item behind. But when I was done browsing this morning, I checked in with myself about these pants and felt confident that they were a great choice. At only $9 for brand-new, comfy jogging pants, they are just the motivation I needed to get moving with a new exercise routine this spring. Good thing I put them in my cart when I did—they were the only pair in my size!
Tip #4: Bring a sewing tape measure and know the sizes/colors of specific things you need. One item I had been searching for was a basket or bin that could fit into an empty nook in my bedroom for craft supply storage. When I have specific needs like this I make sure to keep measurements of the space I have to fill on my phone. I also bring along a sewing tape measure (it rolls up so tiny!) so I can check to see if items are the correct size right there in the store. You may also want to bring color swatches or pictures of a certain things you’re trying to match. If you shop prepared then you’ll never take something home that doesn’t fit or leave something behind that could have.
Tip #5: Shop in the middle of the week. Not only will the store be less crowded, but that also means that the good stuff hasn’t been snagged by someone else. This Goodwill haul adventure I’m sharing today took place on a Wednesday so I had plenty of time and space to browse around. Wandering along, I was shocked when I noticed this Soma water pitcher peeking out at me from the top shelf in the kitchen section. I have had this same exact picture on my Amazon wish list for months and here it was waiting for me at Goodwill for only $2 (it retails for $40). Would it still be there if I waited until Saturday to shop? Probably not!
Tip #6: Donate something every time you go. Not only does this keep your home from becoming too cluttered, it’s also good thrifting karma to give as you get. I’ve been looking for a colorful, light-weight bag to add to my wardrobe for a while and I feel like this one might have been waiting for me as a reward this time for clearing out some old bags on my last visit. I love the unique clasp and bright colors. It’s so perfect for spring!
Tip #7: Learn the discounts. What day of the week do things get marked down at your local Goodwill? What’s the color of the week? Do seniors or veterans receive a discount? These are quick questions to ask staff that can help you save money. Some Goodwill stores even offer you a discount coupon when you make a donation! Keeping the color of the week in mind, I was able to get this bright Old Navy sweater for half-off. I love the weight and fit of it. It’s so flattering and will take the edge off of cooler spring days while still feeling cheery thanks to its lively color.
Tip #8: Check the return racks outside of the dressing rooms. These racks are filled with items that have caught the eye of other shoppers so they’re always stuffed with great pieces. It’s almost like someone has pre-shopped for you, selecting the cutest of the cute to try on. When clothes don’t fit just right or the color doesn’t work for the other shopper the way they had hoped, where does it go? On the return rack! Fantastic finds like this flowy Lauren Conrad blouse will often be hiding there so don’t pass it by. I really think this might be my new favorite shirt. It’s a favorite color of mine and the gold buttons make it feel so fancy!
Tip #9: Shop out of season! Years ago, I never would have dreamt I’d be buying this wooden Christmas tree in March, but I’ve since learned the merit of shopping out of season. So even though it’s springtime now and I’ve got pastels and picnics on the brain, I couldn’t pass by this perfect little tree with its rustic charm. How cozy will this look in December nestled amongst evergreen boughs with stockings hung nearby?
So that’s my latest thrift haul! I’m so in love with all of my finds and even more impressed with Goodwill’s commitment to sustainability. Shopping secondhand, reusing items and do-it-yourself projects are all a great way to live a more sustainable lifestyle. It’s also more fun to find something unique at a Goodwill store and give it a second life. Knowing all of this, I was proud to walk out of Goodwill today with all of my spring-inspired goodies tucked neatly into my new-to-me basket.
Valentine's Day is quickly approaching! Don't want to break the bank this year? Have a fun date night at Goodwill!
Goodwill is the perfect place to find unique items while cozying up to your sweetheart. Try on wacky outfits, find the most unique item in the store, or simply shop around and enjoy all that Goodwill has to offer!
The best part? Goodwill has the lowest prices around so you can afford to go on a mega shopping spree! Show some love to Goodwill while showing love to your valentine!
See you this Valentine's Day <3!
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With every visit to your local Goodwill, you are helping your community while getting inspired with new creations. Check out how to make this festive holiday serving tray from your thrifted finds!
All you need is a thrifted tray and creativity when making this beautiful holiday serving tray! Visit your local Goodwill and start making your holidays something special! Visit our website at https://www.esgwnd.org/storelocationsandhours/ to find a Goodwill Retail Store near you!
Halloween is right around the corner! Raise your hand if you’re too busy to build an elaborate Halloween costume this year (I know I am)! Or maybe you did have time to put together one great ensemble, but you’ve got multiple events on your calendar and can’t re-wear the same thing. Don’t worry—we’re ready to help! Here’s one quick and easy nod to All Hallows’ Eve that could be a festive fit for work or school or a quirky take on The Punisher from Marvel Comics: A cross-stitched skull tee-shirt.
- Thrifted tee-shirt
- Iron and iron-safe surface
- Fusible interfacing
- Ruler or sewing tape measure (depending on the technique you use) *
- White chalk, an iron off marking pen, or a washable sewing marker (optional) *
- White embroidery thread
- Small tapestry needle
- Pencil (not necessary if you have another marking tool)
- Washi tape
- Embroidery hoop (I see these at Goodwill all the time!)
* NOTE: There are two ways you can measure the grid for your cross-stitching. The easiest and fastest would be to use a removable marking tool (such as chalk or iron-off/washable sewing marker) to draw a grid on the tee-shirt before you start sewing then remove the marks after you’re finished. I didn’t have a marking tool that would come off after I stitched, so I used my sewing tape measure to envision the grid as I went. My method takes a little more time to execute, but may help you skip a trip to the craft store.
Before you’re ready to roll, plan out your design. Here’s the template I used for mine with each square in the grid measuring 1/2 an inch wide and tall. You may want to adjust that for a bigger or smaller design, just keep in mind that the smaller the image, the harder to stitch and the larger the image, the more likely it is to snag.
Step 1: Measure a piece of fusible interfacing that is slightly larger than your finished design will be. I added ½ inch to all four sides. The interfacing will help stabilize the fabric so it doesn’t warp and pull as easily when you’re stitching through it. It will also minimize the damage caused to the shirt by your thick needle.
Step 2: Turn your clean and unwrinkled shirt inside-out and find the center of the chest where you’ll place the design. Set the interfacing carefully in place with the bumpy side down (this is the part that sticks to the shirt when ironed) and iron in place. You can test the edges by gently trying to lift them so you know when you’ve ironed enough.
Step 3: Turn the shirt right-side out again and measure a rectangle of washi tape onto the shirt so that the inside of it is the exact size your finished design will be. My skull is 5 ½” wide by 6 ½” tall so the inside edges of my tape marked that space out. Make sure that the entire open area inside the box lies within the area covered by interfacing.
Step 4: Here’s where you have a choice of method. I’ll call them the removable grid (drawing a grid on the shirt with a removable marking tool) or invisible grid (measuring each row one at a time as you go without marking the shirt).
Removable grid method—Use a ruler to measure out your grid within the box you created. Mark that on the shirt and remove the grid by washing or ironing after you’ve finished.
Invisible grid method—Place your sewing tape measure down on the shirt leaving the exact height of your cross-stitching squares above the line (for me, it’s ½” so you can see I’ve created an invisible row that is ½” tall). Make sure the tape measure lines up with the right and left sides of the taped off box so you can easily visualize the width of each stitch. Use tape and the embroidery hoop to hold everything in place and stitch your Xs in place accordingly. As you complete each row you’ll have to take the embroidery hoop off and move the measuring tape down to create space for the next row.
Step 5: Place the embroidery hoop over the area to be stitched and secure by tightening the screw at the top of the hoop until it is snug.
Step 6: Cut a length of embroidery floss then loop one end through the needle as pictured and knot the other end. You don’t need to separate the individual threads of floss since we want the image to be bold enough that it stands out on the shirt.
Step 7: Place your first stitch through the back of the shirt so the knot is hidden making Xs to scale according to your template. It doesn’t matter which part of each X is on the bottom or the top as long as you’re consistent to keep the design looking crisp. Move along adding stitches row after row. When your length of floss is getting too short, knot it on the inside of the shirt then trim the excess. Rethread as needed.
Step 8: Pay close attention to the spots that need to be skipped and you’ll be done before you know it! When your design is finished, tie it off on the inside of the shirt, trim the excess thread, then remove your hoop and grid!
With your spooky new tee-shirt, you’ll be ready for ghoulish last-minute gatherings and seasonal non-costume events alike. And since Goodwill organizations provide individuals with opportunities to turn their jobs into careers, when you shop for second-hand project supplies your quick clothing update is a good deed in disguise.
Happy Goodwill haunting!
As you surely remember, schools – especially high schools – are known for their cliques. During their pre-teen and teen years, kids are constantly exploring different facets of themselves trying on different personas to see what feels right (Am I a jock? An artist? A member of band? Some unique combination of all of those?). This back-to-school season, help your child find their niche without throwing your budget out the window by shopping at Goodwill® where you can find necessities for every interest.